light into ashes
Sep 1, 2009 7:38pm
Phil answers fan questions
I don't remember seeing this posted here before, but spotted it today and thought folks might like to see it - back in March '09, Phil answered a bunch of bizarre fan questions from blender.com. "I love getting questions from deadheads," he said.... http://www.blender.com/blender-blog/79181/dear-superstar-phil-lesh.html
What’s the last thing you tie-dyed?
Closet Skeleton, Rehoboth Beach, DE
My dick. But that was a long time ago.
Do you think a 33 Hz tone can give a woman an orgasm?
Jim-Seguin, Oakwood Hills, IL
Well, I’ve heard that low frequencies can induce pleasurable sensations in men and women. In fact, years ago, I had a special speaker which pumped bass energy straight into the ground—it would sit on the floor of the dance hall we were playing, the Fillmore or the Avalon or whatever, and women would sit on this speaker while the band was playing. I don’t think it’s one frequency, I think there’s a whole range of frequencies that can induce these kind of sensations. I play them all. But it doesn’t bring me any added pleasure.
Were you ever jealous that Jerry and Bob got all the girls?
Nope. I got the one that counted.
What’s the worst job you
INY0128, Harrison, NY
A keno dealer at a casino in Las Vegas. That was soul-destroying. I lasted three months.
You cowrote the Grateful Dead song “Box of Rain.” Is the box made of rain, or is the rain inside the box?
Stevie, Los Angeles
The 1960s: Just one big
Bare-dance, Taos, NM
No, it’s a finely detailed blur.
We’re living through the 1960s again on a higher octave—that’s what the presidential election last year showed us.
Who’s got more money:
the Grateful Dead or California?
GovernatorX, Stockton, CA
Anybody’s got more money than California! You’ve got more money than California.
Where were you when you learned that Jerry died?
DH4Lyfe, Northampton, MA
I was driving my son to a summer
camp in Sausalito. I got a call from my wife, saying somebody heard on the radio that Jerry had died. So I called [Dead roadie] Steve Parish, and he told me it was true.
Do you have a prescription for medical marijuana? If so, what’s your favorite brand?
Dieselgal6, Grants Pass, OR
None of your business.
What feeling do you get in your stomach when you see the cover of Go to Heaven?
Shakedown Dan, Hampton, VA
[Laughs.] That’s a good one. Revulsion!
What do you guys talk about onstage when you communicate through your ear monitors?
DANLEVITY, New York
“Don’t rush!” “Play quieter!” “Listen to me!”
How do you believe Stonehenge was built, and what purpose do you think it served?
Abdukted4x, Northumberland, United Kingdom
There are a lot of theories about that. My favorite is that Merlin brought the stones by magic across the Severn Estuary from Wales and floated them to the site where they were erected. The method by which they were levitated was song—they were sung into the air and across the sea. And most theorists seem to think it had some kind of astronomical function—to predict eclipses, maybe. There’s also a notion that it was part of a grid of energy sinks, or nodes, that stretch across the entire planet.
You play in one of the few bands that actually has bass solos.
What can a bass solo express that a guitar solo can’t?
Lunchbox14, St. Louis
When you guys were on tour in the early days, who consistently smelled the worst?
Moss.Bob, Birmingham, AL
That’s an unfair question, because I can’t speak ill of the dead.
In retrospect, didn’t you guys misjudge the Hells Angels when you used them to provide security at concerts? Those are some seriously not-kind dudes.
Reif.Daniel, Brooklyn, NY
I think it’s a little more complicated than that. However, um, it’s easy to misjudge people and entities, and perhaps we did misjudge.
Do you believe flashbacks exist?
trulyfunwork, Boulder, CO
Yes. Do you believe in time travel?
Where did you urinate when the Grateful Dead played the Great Pyramid in 1978?
276RAMSES41, Tempe, AZ
There is no restroom in the Great Pyramid. People have been known to urinate in the sarcophagus in the King’s Chamber, arguably the most sacred part of the Great Pyramid. That’s where Napoleon spent the night in 1798 or whatever—when he came out the next day and they asked him what he had seen, he finally answered, “There’s no point. You would never believe me.”
I love Cherry Garcia ice cream. If Ben and Jerry made a Phil Lesh ice cream, what would it taste like?
hempbelter, Dover, VT
Cardboard and library paste. You asked!
If you died, would you want the Dead to go on without you?
Trunkin12, Duxbury, MA
I’d want them to do whatever they wanted to do and not worry about what
I would think about it.
Do you talk to Jerry?
What do you say?
Heart2Hart, Galveston, TX
I don’t talk to Jerry, and he doesn’t talk to me.
Ann Coulter is a Deadhead
who says she has seen about 67 shows. And Tucker Carlson estimates that he’s seen 50 shows. Are the values of the Grateful
Dead compatible with the values
of right-wing politics?
Friends of Fox, Landover, MD
The values are not compatible. That said, I did an interview once with Tucker Carlson and found him to be a very
nice guy. He didn’t blast me about my politics and I didn’t blast him about his. As for whatshername, phfft.
How is your new liver different from your old liver?
Warwick26, Stamford, CT
Are we here for a reason?
Taxi Peace, Columbus, OH
I am, aren’t you? My reason is to sing
for my supper, to drive my car, to
love my woman for all I’m worth and
to give good measure for my days
How many Grateful Dead shows have you seen?
Terrapinner, Indianapolis, IN
All of them.
Do you have a favorite Grateful Dead joke?
Treysux3, Halifax, Nova Scotia
OK, here’s my favorite: What did the Deadhead say when the drugs wore off? “This music sucks.”